|Tp Manager Melissa Shafer Discusses cyber security.|
Under current law, police officers can record oral communications using a body cameras, but must tell citizens that they are being recorded when “reasonably practicable.” The devices are banned inside of a residence.
Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker recently told state lawmakers that he supports body cameras, but is waiting for them to untangle legal issues concerning their use before investing $2 million to equip troopers.
Closer to home, The Morning Call reports that Allentown police began testing body cameras in 2015. Lehigh University police have been using them for over a year, and Bethlehem Police Chief mark DiLuzio is concerned about privacy.
In other business, Commissioners accepted Manager Melissa Shafer's suggestion to hire CORE BTS, at a cost of about $9,800, "to try and hack us." This is called "penetration testing" and is a way for municipalities and businesses to improve cyber security and protect sensitive data about citizens.
"We would be foolish not to test our security periodically," said Mike Hudak.
Commissioners also voted to support a Public Works municipal aid agreement with Palmer Township, as well as an agreement to hire g PA Fire Recovery Services (PAFRS) to serve as the third party billing agency for the Township in connection with emergency response reimbursements from insurance companies. Hudak assured one concerned citizen that only insurance companies are billed. "Our taxpayers never pay even if the insurance company does not," he said.
All votes were unanimous among the four Commissioners present. Tom Nolan was absent.
|Malissa Davis invites residents to monthly roundtable|
Bethlehem Township Police, on their active Facebook page, are warning residents about fake Craiglist rental properties. "Please remember, if asked to wire money, purchase Green Dot or Itunes cards, or anything of that nature for an Internet transaction, there is a good chance it is fraudulent," warn Township police.
As the meeting ended, Malissa Davis reminded residents of a monthly "Meet the Commissioners" meeting held on the fourth Sunday of every month at the community center between noon and 3 pm. "It's really nice," she said. "We sit around a big round table and there's coffee. It's just a discussion of things that are going on in the township."
Updated 5/17/16, 2:15 pm, to correct an error in the final paragraph. The "Meet the Commissioner" get-togethers are on the fourth Sunday each month, not the third as I erroneously reported.